Let's start by discussing the new single, Sugar. It's got some pretty futuristic textures, ranging from the fuzz bass to electronica and backwards strings – was it a challenging track to pull together in the studio?
"Actually it wasn't, this one. The first things to come about were the more simplistic drum groove and that bass line you mentioned, and as soon as they were there they came to dominate the track – and we knew where we were going.
"It was quite an important track for the record though, because it was the first one we did with the new band. The new band came together because we had a show booked in, so primarily the reason they came into the rehearsal room was to work on the old songs, so we could play them at this show, back in 2012. But then we threw Sugar at them, to see how they'd respond - and how we'd respond to what they thought.
"So Sugar was the first one that the band worked on in its new guise, so it's quite an important one for the record, and the band itself."
You've brought Elliott in on keys and synths. When he arrived, did it open up some new possibilities?
"Elliott was someone we knew from Airship, a band that had toured with us. So we knew him as a friend: we'd never worked together, but we knew he could sing. And actually his voice his become an important part of this new record and the sound of the band.
"He also brings a youthful energy and exuberance - 'cos he's a bit younger than we are. And that’s not to say we've all been beaten up by the music industry, but he had more energy and it was nice to have someone in the rehearsal space that brought that excitement along. It's rubbed off on us. He's gone off to make a solo record now, but the door will be open for him."